Marching Into Australian Open Final, Djokovic Displays Precision to Best Federer

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Novak Djokovic, the No. 1 seed at the Australian Open, chasing down a shot on Thursday in a 6-1, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 victory over Roger Federer in the semifinals.

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MELBOURNE, Australia — It was the match that broke a 22-22 tie, and it started out as a mismatch. Though Roger Federer ended up saving face Thursday and even winning a set, he once again could not summon the consistent brilliance necessary to defeat Novak Djokovic.

Djokovic’s 6-1, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 victory, which began outdoors and finished under a closed roof, put him back in another Australian Open final, where he will face the winner of Friday’s semifinal between Andy Murray and Milos Raonic.

Djokovic, the world’s No. 1 player, has perhaps never played as well against anyone as he did in the opening phases of this semifinal.

There were aces, backhand winners, forehand winners and full-swinging passing shots on the line off the full stretch. Above all, there was supreme precision and assurance from a master…

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